The goal of this document is to outline our philosophy on affinity groups and provide a step-by-step guide on how to establish new affinity groups at Air.
What is an affinity group?
An affinity group is simply a group of people who share a common interest, quality or goal. Affinity groups can take the form of anything from book clubs or groups united by a common hobby to employees connected by a certain gender, race or sexual orientation.
Affinity groups are voluntary and led by employees.
How do affinity groups work?
Affinity groups come in all shapes and sizes. They may start with a simple Slack channel or weekly coffee chat. Over time, groups may decide to meet on a regular basis, organize company-wide events, or bring in guest speakers.
Affinity groups bring our company values, "champions of diversity" and "the cura personalis," to life. They provide teammates with a support system and role models. They foster new ideas and amplify quieter voices. So long as groups remain open to all employees interested in participating as members or allies, we're on board and excited to get involved.
All affinity groups should be open to all employees (member or ally).
Remember this is still your place of work. Don't get carried away.
Be respectful and kind.
Set a specific goal. Be clear on the group's core theme and primary purpose.
Identify potential group members. Find at least four interested teammates to join you, ideally from across functions and seniority levels.
Pitch your idea. Announce your newly-formed group to the company via Slack or at a company all-hands meeting.
Establish your presence. Consider building a Notion page as your "founding charter." Create a Slack channel so members can ask questions, organize meetups and make decisions.
Take the reins. These mini communities are yours to build and shape. Managers are ready to participate and provide resources.